Hoopla Book Club Hub DiscussionTuesday January 26, 2021
7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Calling all book lovers! Join us for a lively discussion around a book of literary fiction or non-fiction. Our next meeting is Tuesday Janaury 19 at 7:00 pm. We will be reading Radium Girls by Kate Moore.
The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger. The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive - until they begin to fall mysteriously ill. But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances.
All you need is a Durham Library card to download the Hoopla book. For more information and to download the book click here. All are welcome and registration required to receive the Zoom link.
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